This Week in PLOS

Isolation can lead to detectably shorter telomere lengths in African grey parrots, according to a PLOS One study. An Austrian team used quantitative real-time PCR to measure telomere lengths in red blood cells from dozens of grey parrots ranging in age from less than one-year-old to 45-years-old that had been housed in captivity alone or with another bird.

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The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Yahoo News reports millions of dollars are being transferred from NIH, CDC, and other programs to pay for the housing of detained undocumented immigrant children.

In Science this week: in vitro generation of human reproductive cells, and more.

Researchers gave a handful of octopuses MDMA to find that they too act more social on the drug, Gizmodo reports.